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    X-ray airport-Film

    More security on airports and increasing dosis of X ray to detect bombs ... I would like to buy film in USA, much cheaper than in Belgium. Is color and B&W film equally sensitive ? 100 ASA less sensitive than 400 ASA ? Polaroid film ?
    Should I clear the goods at customs when leaving USA ? At what rate if I declare it ?

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    Don't bother declaring film at customs. Just a waste of money. They have no idea where you bought it.

    Any film below 1600 should be fine for carry-on. DO NOT PUT FILM IN YOUR LUGGAGE! They use much more powerful scanners (akin to a CAT scan) and they WILL toast your film. But for carry-on, no problem.
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    I've got...

    ...4 rolls of APX in 35mm which went with me to Chile and back in february.
    It went through carry on luggage scanners 8 times.
    I haven't got round to using it(I took it with me as an experiment to see how much damage x-rays do to film,which is why I brought it back unused),but when I do,I'll post the results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBonte
    More security on airports and increasing dosis of X ray to detect bombs ... I would like to buy film in USA, much cheaper than in Belgium. Is color and B&W film equally sensitive ? 100 ASA less sensitive than 400 ASA ? Polaroid film ?
    Should I clear the goods at customs when leaving USA ? At what rate if I declare it ?

    Yours

    Bernard Bonte
    1) how much film are you talking about?

    You may not have to declare--but if you do, wouldn't it be at your port of entry to the EU rather than leaving the US?

    2) X-rays. I took a trip about 12 years ago where I went through about 15 x-ray machines. It even got scanned in New Dehli *leaving* the airport. I noticed no fogging at all. I don't know if they have increased the dose x-ray scanners give since then. I would actually expect it to have gone down (except for homeland security).

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    I took about 200 rolls of film to Mexico. The stuff I brought home was x-rayed 4 times. I've shot a whole lot of since getting back and it is just fine.

    Don't worry about it and don't mention it to customs.

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    Film damaged by X-Ray has happened to me, it can happen to you. It probably won't. But it might.

    Here is the straight story:

    http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/e...orial_1035.xml


    Please read this:

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/servi.../tib5201.shtml

    The security at US airports has improved measureably from the year or two after 9/11. The agents have actually been trained, and know what traveler's rights are.
    How you conduct yourself has direct bearing on how your film will be handled. Go through security early enough that a hand inspection will not hinder you. Pack simply. Think it out ahead of time.

    How you deal with You will declare the film when you get home. Customs is your business.

    You may also order film from B&H, and have it sent to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBonte
    More security on airports and increasing dosis of X ray to detect bombs ... I would like to buy film in USA, much cheaper than in Belgium. Is color and B&W film equally sensitive ? 100 ASA less sensitive than 400 ASA ? Polaroid film ?
    Should I clear the goods at customs when leaving USA ? At what rate if I declare it ?

    Yours

    Bernard Bonte
    Bernard,

    You don't have to clear anything when you leave the US; when you return home you will have to deal with EU customs. Film speed in the US is the same as film speed in the EU.
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    This image in the technical gallery was made on film that had passed through the xray machine four times and, here is an example on Delta 3200 that was x-rayed twice. YMMV, but I don't really think that there is much to worry about - at least, not with B&W film.
    Last edited by BradS; 07-25-2005 at 03:16 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: typos

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    Thanks Brad. BTW, I don't think the US Dept. of Agriculture machines are x-ray machines - we have them here, and everyone travelling to the mainland US must go through them. They are used to check to see if you have any plants in your luggage.
    Robert M. Teague
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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    Thanks Brad. BTW, I don't think the US Dept. of Agriculture machines are x-ray machines - we have them here, and everyone travelling to the mainland US must go through them. They are used to check to see if you have any plants in your luggage.
    YEs, I suppose you are correct. I never gave it much thought...just assumed. You know. Come to think of it, they were much bigger than the machines at the security check points. Thanks Robert.

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